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A Twist of Lime (Tropical Caprice)
A lively and lighthearted trio with the cello providing a clave-like rhythm against the flutes.

"This trio of well-phrased voices is utterly charming. The melody uplifts the listener, while at the same time, the accompaniment keeps the listener anchored. Bravo!" --Jeanette

A Twist of Lime [trio] v1_3.mp3

A Twist of Lime v1_2 Score.pdf
flute, flute, cello, trio, classical, chamber, latin
 
 
At a Busy Intersection [gtr, cello, alto flute]

Energetic piece re-arranged for guitar trio. duration ~2:50 (228 bpm) key of Am

Intersection_gtr_trio_v113.mp3

Intersection_gtr_trio_v113tr_aFL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113tr_FULL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_FULL.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_GTR.pdf
Intersection_gtr_trio_v113_VC.pdf
guitar, cello, alto flute, chamber, trio, intersection_g
 
 
At the Subway Stairs
At the ensemble's request, I re-arranged this quartet for the trio of flute, guitar & cello. Part of a series of "street scenes." (At a Busy Intersection was also similarly arranged recently.)

duration 3:00 (~121 bpm)

at_the_subway_stairs_v117-trio.mp3

at_the_subway_stairs_v117_FL.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_FULL.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_GTR.pdf
at_the_subway_stairs_v117_VC.pdf
trio, flute, guitar, cello, chamber, street scenes
 
 
Autumn Equinox Caprice
A light-hearted trio for two flutes and cello inspired on the evening of the Autumn equinox... thus the "day" and "night" equal-time motifs in the two flutes, with the cello as the ocean and the wind in the trees... (A companion piece to A Twist of Lime.

"This sounds larger than three instruments; you have a lot of musical ideas in this piece--but it's not cluttered. I like the now and then chromaticisms [and] how you approach a cadence and your use novel ways of creating release." --John M.

Autumn Equinox Caprice.mp3

Autumn_Equinox_Caprice_Score.pdf
flute, flute, cello, classical, chamber, trio
 
 
Blue Jeans, Blouse and Army Boots

A trio for bass flute, cello and guitar. An aggressive, percussive acoustic guitar track with lots of body tapping and string tapping brackets a delicate center section where the bass flute carries the melody.

Gm, 3:20

Army_Boots_TRIO_No_2_v108.mp3

Army_boots_trio_B_FL.pdf
Army_boots_trio_GTR.pdf
Army_boots_trio_VC.pdf
bass_fl, guitar DUO-TRIO No_2_v104.pdf
guitar, cello, bass flute, trio, chamber, acoustic, silk
 
 
Dart, Skitter, Dash!
A little flurry of whimsical energy for soprano, alto and bass flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. One of those little ideas that just popped out in the middle of the night.
duration: 75 seconds, Dm

Revisited this piece and arranged for guitar, oboe & flute.

I like it... -- C. Smith

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v104.mp3

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v105_gtr,oboe,fl.mp3

Dart_Skitter_Dash_v104_winds_FULL.pdf
Dart_Skitter_Dash_v105_trio_FULL.pdf
quintet, flute, alto flute, bass flute, bass clarinet, whimsy, woodwinds, trio, guitar, oboe, flute
 
 
Dusk at the Pier [trio for alto flute, english horn & guitar]

This is a rare combination of instruments; the english horn and alto flute are both low registered instruments in their family, with distinctly different characters and overlapping ranges. In this piece, the voices intertwine. ~72 bp, due: 6 min

This piece has proven to be adaptable to other arrangements. There are versions for:
alto flute, cello, guitar
viola, cello, guitar
alto flute, english horn, harp

Dusk-gtr,afl,ehorn_v111.mp3

Dusk-guitar,vla,vc_v106.mp3

trio, alto flute, english horn, classical guitar, harp, viola, cello, chamber, cor anglais, slow
 
 
Feelin' Plucky

A trio for viola, cello and harp. A bright melody featuring pizzicato on the viola and cello together and separately. The sound is further extending with the gentle, more sustained sound of the harp--although its notes are frequently damped during the piece to keep notes short like the strings.

First movement introduces and develops the tune; 2nd movement is darker and crustier, but with a gentle 'chorale-like' interlude. The 3rd movement is a repeat of the first, with additional variations and modulations.

key: I. A,B,A,C II. Am,C,Am III. A,Am,A,B

duration: 5:42

Feelin'_Plucky_v117.mp3

Feelin'_Plucky_v117_FULL.pdf
Feelin'_Plucky_v117_VLA.pdf
Plucky v117 guit_FULL.pdf
Plucky v117 guit_GTR.pdf
viola, cello, harp, trio, chamber, acoustic, pizzicato
 
 
For Agustín [trio for two guitars and cello]


Inspired by Allegro from La Catedral a work of paraguayan composer and guitarist Agustín Barrios


Bm --> Cm 2.8min

for_agustin_gtr,gtr,vc_v109.mp3

chamber music, trio, guitar, guitar, cello, David Smith, Agustin Barrios
 
 
Fresh Mint


A short, light and lively trio arranged for guitar, flute, and cello (or bassoon).
2 min, key of D --> G

fresh_mint_fl,gtr,bsn_trio_v106.mp3

Fresh_mint_trio_v106a.mp3

fresh_mint_fl,gtr,bsn_trio_v106.pdf
chamber, trio, light, whimsical, contemporary classical, flute, guitar, cello, bassoon, sfinzi
 
 
Heli Elu Seitse [trio arrangement]
This piece starts and ends in Am, with an opening section in 4/4 to contrast with the featured motif in 7/8 meter, The original string duo was extended in length and arranged for flute, clarinet and cello. dur: 4:40

Heli Elu Seitse [fl,cl,vc] v114 cues.mp3

Heli_Elu_Seitse_string_trio.mp3

Heli Elu Seitse Trio CL.pdf
Heli Elu Seitse Trio FL.pdf
Heli Elu Seitse Trio FULL.pdf
Heli Elu Seitse Trio VC.pdf
flute, clarinet, cello, trio
 
 
Hillside Trio for viola, cello and harp
A miniature study, based on the melody from the 2nd movement of Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata. Languid.

key: G

duration: about 3 minutes.

Hillside_trio_v102.mp3

Hillside_trio_v102_FULL.pdf
viola, cello, harp, trio, chamber, acoustic
 
 
je ne sais quoi
An impromptu for two flutes and harp. Uncomplicated. ~1.5min, Starts in Dm, ends in G, Moderato.

Image by love1008:deviantART

je_ne_sais_quoi_trio_V103.mp3

je_ne_sais_quoi_trio_V105.pdf
je_ne_sais_quoi_trio_V105_HARP.pdf
two flutes, harp, trio, chamber music
 
 
Neon Trio: Suite of Lights
A Piano Trio with seven movements, seven moods. (minor revision in 2015)

I. Spotlight II. Dappled III. Strobed IV. Twilight V. Blacklight VI. Neon VII. Firelight

Neon_Trio_v125.mp3

Neon_Trio_v125_FULL.pdf
Neon_Trio_v125_PNO.pdf
Neon_Trio_v125_VC.pdf
Neon_Trio_v125_VLN.pdf
violin, cello, piano, trio, chamber
 
 
Spiral Stones


A short, light trio arranged for guitar, flute, and cello.
dur: 3.5 min, key of D --> B

Spiral_Stones_v109.mp3

Spiral_Stones_v107.pdf
chamber, trio, light, whimsical, contemporary classical, alto flute, guitar, cello, sfinzi
 
 
Three Daughters: conversations for flute, clarinet and horn

This trio was commissioned by John and Nancy for their daughters who played these instruments growing up. It has many fugue elements, and a bit of "heart and soul." Movements feature the flute, clar & horn respectively.
8.5min


I. Allison 4/4, D major, Larghetto
II. Laura 4/4, Db major Moderato
III. Caitlin 4/4, A major, Allegro

"Delightful!"

Three_Daughters_v119.mp3

Three_Daughters_v119_CL.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_FL.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_FULL.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_FULL_tr.pdf
Three_Daughters_v119_HN.pdf
flute, clarinet, horn, wind, woodwind, trio
 
 
Three Fingers of Light
Adagio for chorus and string trio in Fm. Written for Vigil for Iraq: honoring the dead, the wounded, the grieving and the dispossessed. The text is co-written by David Smith and Theresa Whitehill.
8.5 min (In this rendering, woodwinds are playing the vocal parts.)

Here's a link to the video of the choral performance.

Three Fingers of Light, a choral piece by David Smith, VFI_3 from david on Vimeo.

3fol_v113.mp3

3fol_v113a_cues.pdf
3fol_v113b_DB.pdf
3fol_v113b_VC.pdf
3fol_v113b_VLA.pdf
3fol_v113c_FULL.pdf
SATB, choral, chorus, string trio, viola, cello, bass
 
 
When Time Expands
A trio for two bassoons and english horn. It was specifically written for a bassoonist, but I try to give everyone a "good" part. (Arrangement also for bsn, bass cl, engl hn.)

"The double reed voicing here sounds marvelous. Compositionally stimulating -- complex, yet still approachable..." --J.R.

When_Time_Expands,_trio_v4a.mp3

Trio_2bsn,EHrn_v1_4a_FULL.pdf
bassoon, bassoon/Bass Clarinet, English horn, classical, chamber, trio
 

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